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Long-time Winter Park resident Alvin J Stadelman (Uncle Al) died of natural causes at his home on January 25, 2014.
Al was born in Hays, Ks April 25th,1929 to Nicholas and Katherine (Brungeard). Al spent his early years in Kansas and Fort Collins, Co where he graduated from high school. The family summered in the Fraser Valley raising cattle and grass hay on their ranch between Fraser and Tabernash.
Al went to work in the winters for George and Joyce Engel in 1952 at the Winter Park Ski Shop. In the summertime he worked at various jobs including the C Lazy U Ranch in Granby and the Little King Ranch, Morrow and Sons before working for the Engel's year round until his death.
Al loved adventure, fixing things and helping people, at one time owning his own plane serving on the Search and Rescue, he was a deputy coroner and member of the sheriffs department, a Master Locksmith, but most of all Al loved to talk and share his wonderful stories.
Al is survived by brother Orville (Betty), nieces and nephews, Vicki, John, Michael, Ronald of Grand Junction, brother, James (Virginia) nieces and nephews, Janice and Jim, brother, Leroy (Shirley), nieces and nephews, Steve, Donald, Mary, David, Andrew, and Janet Engel and Wendy Engel Christensen.
Monday, February 3rd, 2014 1:00pm, St Bernard of Montjoux Catholic Church
Sorry for your loss. The valley has lost a great man who had an impact on all he knew. My first meeting with Al was at the sport shop in 1981 and I was lucky enough to talk with him many of times over the next 32 years. We had a chance meeting this past August and we got to work, talk and share stories for six hours, my only regret was we didn't have more time. Al, you will be missed in more ways than you know. Thank you
Doug McClain Feb 23 2014 12:00 AM
I always found Al to be willing to lend a hand or share an old memory over the years I worked in the Winter Park area. Thanks for the memories Al.
Jim Davidson Feb 4 2014 12:00 AM
oh boy, how we will miss Al and his engaging smile always ready to tell a good story or fix a lock! This he did many times for us especially when Tim had the Mountain Ski storage locking systems, Al has been there from the start back in the early 80's when he did all the locks...a gentle giant for sure and an icon in Winter Park! He will raise you up on eagle's wings, Bear you on the breath of dawn, Make you to shine like the sun, And hold you in the palm of His Hand. I will wear my alpaca hat in your honor,tonight at your service for some reason every time I wore it you would comment on how much you liked it. Godspeed Al!
Marie and Tim Koepke Jan 30 2014 12:00 AM
I will miss Al for his kindness and beautiful smile. He seemed genuinely happy and also always happy to see me! I loved hearing his stories of his and his friend's antics in the early days in Fraser. He had such a great memory and a wonderful way of sharing those memories. What a treasure trove of history we lost with Al's passing. But more than that, I'll miss the role model he provided, never afraid to work, enjoying it to the very end of his life. See you, Al!
Susan Stone Jan 29 2014 12:00 AM